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Of bearing The Book of Hefter, Eisteddo The Book of yob, om deach, 1 The Psalms, , and the: Twelve Propbets tbe lefs. from doth it not apply them to efta. ed by most certain warrants of and gelom, there following.

is of chablish any Doctrine: Such are holy Scripture. Kures for The Book of Yudith, hly does The Second Book of Maccabers. of that is monly received, we do receive, doch remain, yea, in them that both in the Old and New Testa. fome Sensuality, some the Af

Numeri, LES

to mankind by Christ, who is Deuteronomium,

the only Mediator between God Joshua,

and Man, being both God and Judges,

Man. Wherefore they are not

to be heard, which feign that The Firf Book of Samuel, the Old Fathers did look only The Second Book of Samuel,

for transitory Promises, Al mons , 2 The Firf Book of Kings,

though the law given from God The Second Book of Kings;

by Moses, as touching CeremoThe First Book of Chronicles,

nies and Rités, do not bind The Second Book of Chronicles,

Christian men, nor the Civil The First Book of Esdras,

'Precepts thereof ought of ne. The Second Book of Esdras,

cessity to be received in any Common-wealth: yet notwithstanding no Chriftian man what.

foever is free from the Obedience wide The Proverbs,

of the Commandments which Ecclefiaftes, or Preacher,

are called Moral. Cantica, or Songs of Solomon,

VIII. Of the three Creeds, TU

'HE three Creeds, Nicene

Creed, Athanafius's Creed, And the other Books (as Hie- and that which is commonly

rome faith) the Church doth called the Apostles Creed, ought of the

Bread for example of life and in- thoroughly to be received and Help Our ftruction of manners ; but yet believed: for they may be prove

IX. Of Original or Birth-Sin.
Riginal Sin standeth not in

( the Pelagians do vainly talk) but it is the fault and corruption of the nature of every man, that naturally is engendered of the offspring of Adam, whereby man is very far gone from ori. ginal righteousness, and is of his own nature inclined to evil, so that the flesh lufteth always contrary to the Spirit ; and

therefore in every person born All the Books of the New God's wrath and "damnation,

into this world, it deserveth Testament, as they are com And this infection of nature

are regenerated; whereby the

lust of the Aeth, called in THE Old Testament is not Greek, pbronema farkos,

which Contrary to the New : for some do expound the Wisdom, ment everlasting life is offered fection, some the Desire of the


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The Book of Wisdom
Yesus the Son of Siracb,
Baruch the Prophet,
The Song of the three Children,
The Story of Susanna,
Of Bel and the Dragon,
The Prayer of Manalles,
The Firà Book of Maccabees,

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done before the grace Baptism, is fin against the Ho. of Chrift, and the Inspi- ly Ghost, and unpardonable.

Flesh, is not subject to the Law pleasant to God, forasmuch as of God. And although there is they spring not of faith in Jesus no condemnation for them that Chrift, neither do they make believe and are baptized, yet men meet to receive grace, the Apostle doth confess, that (as the School-Authors lay) des concupiscence and luft hath of serve grace of congruity yea itself the nature of sin.

rather, for that they are not X. Of Free-will.

done as God hath willed and THE condition of man after commanded them to be done, that he cannot turn and pre• nature of fin. pare himself by his own natural strength and good works to

XIV. Of Works of Supererogation, faith, and calling upon God: Voluntary Works befides Wherefore we have no power

over and above God's to do good works pleasant and

commandments, which they grace of God by Christ pre- gancy and impiety. For by them acceptable to God without the call Works of 'Supererogation,

cannot be taught without arto. venting us, that we may have a good will, and working with menido declare, That they us when we have that good

do not only render unto God,

as much as they are bound to X1. Of the Fußification of Man.

do, but that they do more for jÉ are accounted righteous is required. Whereas Cher

his sake, than of bounden duty Merit of our Lord and Saviour done all that are commanded to Jesus Christ by Faith, and not for our own works or deferv. you, fay, We are unprofitable ings. Wherefore, that we are

servants. Justified by Faith only, is a moft

XV. of Chrif alone without

him. wholesome do&trine," and very CHRIST in the tretien is expressed in the Homily of us in all things (fin only tiJustification.

cept) from which he was clear

. XII. Of good Works,

ly void, both in his Aesh, and Alberic

which are the fruits of the Lamb without spot, who Faith, and follow after Justi- by facrifice of himself once fication, cannot put away our made, mould take away fins, and endure the severity of fins of the world : and line God's judgements ; yet are they St. Jobn faith) was not in him, pleasing and acceptable to God But all we the rest (although in Christ, and do spring out ne- baptized and born again ceffarily, of a true and lively Chrift) yet offend in many Faith ; insomuch that by the things, and if we say a livelý Faith may be as evident- no lin, we deceive qurselves, ly known, as a tree difcerned and the truth is not in us. by the fruit.

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a tance is not to be demed-to fuch and confirm their faith' of eter

as fall into an after Baptifm. nal salvation, to be enjoyed 1 After we have received the through Christ, as because it * Holy Ghoft, we may depart doth fervently kindle their love

from grace given, and fall into towards God : So, for curi. is my fin, and by the grace of God ous and carnal persons, lack

we may rise again and amend ing the Spirit of Christ, to have gia our lives. And therefore they continually before their eyes

are to be condemned, which the Sentence of God's Predeíti. fay, they can no more fin as nation, is a most dangerous long as they live here, or deny downfal, whereby the Devil the place of forgiveness to fuch doth thraft them either into As truly repent.

desperation, or into wretchlessXVII. Of Predestination and

nefs of most unclean living, no Elation.

lesa perilous than desperation. Predeftination to life is the Furthermore, we must receive

everlasting purpofe of God, God's promises in such wise, as whereby (before the founda- they be generally set forth to tions of the world were laid) us in holy Scripture And in he hath constantly

decreed, by our doings that will of God is
this Counsel, secret to us, to de- to be followed, which we have
diver from curfe and damnation exprefly declared unto us in the
those whom he bath chofen in Word of God.
Chrift out of mankind, and to XVIII. Of obtaining eternal Sale
bring them by Christ to ever vation only by the Name of Cbriß.
Jafting falvation, as veffels made

HEY also are to be had

accursed, that prefume to which be endured with fo ex- say, that every man thall be element called according to God's pur. he profeffeth, so that he be di

cellent a benefit of God, be faved by the Law or Sect which pose by his Spirit working in ligent to frame his life accord. due seafon : they through grace ing to that Law, and the Light

obey the calling; they be justi- of Nature. For holy Scripture che fied freely: they be made fons doth set out unto uś only the by of God by adoption : they be Name of Jesus Christ, whereby

made like the image of his only. men must be saved.
begotten Son Jesus Chrift: they
walk religiously in good works,

XIX. Of the Church.
and at length, by God's mercy,

'HE they attain to everlasting felicity,

is a Congregation of faithAs the godly consideration of ful men, in the which the pure Predestination, and our Election Word of God is preached, and in Christ is full of sweet, pleat the Sacraments be duly minifant, and unspeakable comfort stered according to Christ's Orto godly persons, and fuch as dinance; in all those things that feel in themselves the working of necessity are requifite to the of the Spirit of Christ, mortify, fame.

As the Church of Hierusalem, their earthly members, and Alexandria, and Antioch, have and heavenly things; as well Rome 'hath erred, not only in because it doth greatly establish their living and manner of


Ceremonies, but also in matters XXIII.

Of miniftering in tbe of Faith.

Congregation. : XX. Of the Autbority of the I Churcb.

to take upon him the Office HE Church hath power to

of publick preaching, or mininies, and Authority in Con Congregation, before he be law. troversies of Faith: and yet it fully called and sent to execute is not lawful for the Church to the same. And those we ought ordain any thing that is con

to judge lawfully called and sent trary to God's Word written; which be chosen and called to neither may it so expound one

this work by men who have place of Scripture that it be publick authority given unto repugnant to another. Where them in the congregation to fore although the Church be a

call and send Ministers into the Witness and a Keeper of Holy Lord's vineyard. Writ, yet as it ought not to XXIV. Of Įpeaking in the Cone decree any thing against the gregation in such a Tongue as same, so besides the same ought ibe People understanderb. it not to enforce any thing to

T is a thing plainly repug. be believed for necedity of sal nant to the Word of God, vation.

and the custom of the Primitive XXI. Of the Authority of General Church, to have publick Prayer Councils.

in the Church, or to minifter GER Eneral Councils may not be the Sacraments, in a Tongue gathered together without not understanded of the People.

XXV. Of the Sacraments. o the Princes. And when they be SAceamet only badges or to: gathered together (forasmuch as they be an assembly of men, kens of Chriftian men's Profefwliereof all be not governed fion : but rather they be certain with the Spirit and Word of sure witnesses, and effectual God) they may err, and fome- signs of grace, and God's good times have erred, even in things will, towards us, by the which pertaining unto God. Where- he doth work invisibly in us, fore things ordained by them and doth not only quicken, but as neceffary to salvation, have also strengthen and confirm our neither ftrength nor authority, faith in him. unless it may be declared that There are two Sacraments they be taken out of holy Scrip- ordained of Christ our Lord in

the Gospel, that is to fay, XXII. Of Purgatory. Baptism, and the Supper of the THE Romith doctrine con Lord.

Those five commonly called dons, worsipping and adora. Sacraments, that is to say, tion, as well of Images as of Confirmation, Penance, Orders, Reliques, and also invocation Matrimony, and extreme Uncof Saints, is a fond thing vainly tion, are not to be counted for invented, and grounded upon Sacraments of the Gospel, beno warranty of Scripture, but ing such as have grown, partly rather repugnant to the Word of the corrupt following of the of God,

Apostles, pártly are fares of


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life allowed in the Scriptures : XXVII. Of Baptism.
but yet have not like nature of
Sacraments with Baptism and

BA Aptism is not only a sign of the Lord's Supper ; for that they difference, whereby Christian

profeffion, and mark of have not any vílible sign or ceres men are discerned from others mony ordained of God.

that be 'not christened: but it The Sacraments were not is also a fign of Regeneration, ordained: of Chrift to be gazed or new Birth, whereby, as by upon, or to be carried about, an instrument, they that receive but that we should duly use Baptism rightly aré grafted into them. And in such only, as the Church : the promises of worthily receive the same, they the forgiveness of 'sin, and of have a wholesome effect or our adoption to be the sons of operation : but they that receive God by the Holy Ghost, are them unworthily, purchase to visibly signed and realed; faith themselves damnation, as Saint is confirmed, and grace increased Paul faith,

by virtue of prayer unto God. XXV!. Of the unworthiness of The Baptism of young, Chil

the Minifters which binders not dren is in any wife to be rethe effect of the Sacraments. tained in the Church, as moft Although eine the beriebe a

Lthough in the visible agreeable with the inftitution of mingled with the good, and sometimes the evil have chief XXVIII. Of the Lord's Supper, authority in the miniftration of Th

HE Supper of the Lord is

not only a sign of the love forasmuch as they do not the that Christians ought to have fame in their own name, but among themselves one to anin Christ's, and do minister by other, but rather is a Sacrahis commisfion and authority, ment of our redemption by we may use their ministry, both Christ's death : Insomuch, that in hearing the word of God, to such as rightly, worthily, and in the receiving of the and with faith receive the same, Sacraments. Neither is the ef. the bread which we break, is a feet of Christ's ordinance taken partaking of the body of Chrift; away by their wickedness, nor and likewise the cup of bleffing the grace of God's gifts dimi- is a partaking of the blood of nished from such, as by faith, Christ. and rightly do receive the Sacra Transubstantiation (or the ments ministered unto them ; change of the substance of bread which be effectual, because of and wine) in the Supper of the Christ's institution and promise, Lord, cannot be proved by holy although they be ministered by Writ; but is repugnant to the evil men.

plain words of Scripture, over. Nevertheless, it appertaineth throweth the nature of a Sacrato the discipline of the Church, ment, and hath given occasion that enquiry, be made of evil to many fuperftitions. Ministers, and that they be ac The Body of Christ is given, cused by those that have know- taken, and eaten in the Supper, ledge of their Offences : and only after an heavenly and spifinally being found guilty, by ritual manner. And the mean just judgement be deposed. whereby the Body of Chrift


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